Walsh Bay Arts and Culture

Highlights

World-class theatre and dance

The Roslyn Packer Theatre in Walsh Bay hosts outstanding productions. Reserve your seats for shows featuring Australia's finest actors and dancers. In heritage-listed wharves across the road, enjoy more great shows as well as restaurants and bars with splendid views.

  • Walsh Bay Wharf
  • Walsh Bay Wharf

Performances and sculptures in Walsh Bay

From world-class performances to fascinating heritage walks to captivating outdoor sculptures, Walsh Bay is lively creative hub near the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This pocket of heritage-listed finger wharves and the Roslyn Packer Theatre has spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world.

The acclaimed performing arts scene is spearheaded by the Sydney Theatre Company, Australia's premier theatre company. Its annual program attracts a worldwide audience. Stars of stage and film to have graced the boards here include Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Mel Gibson, Miranda Otto, Geoffrey Rush and Hugo Weaving.

Also attracting crowds to Walsh Bay are the Sydney Dance Company, one of Australia's leaders in contemporary dance, and Bangarra Dance Theatre, the internationally renowned indigenous dance company. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island dancers use traditional and contemporary dance to bring Dreamtime stories to vivid life.

For up-and-coming writers and actors, the Australian Theatre for Young People puts on a stellar program each year. Some of the finger wharves have performance spaces and the Roslyn Packer Theatre seats nearly 900. The annual Sydney Writers' Festival and some events of the Biennale of Sydney are held in Walsh Bay too.

You can take dance classes at the Sydney Dance Company. Classes cater for all levels of experience. Or, stretch your legs with Walsh Bay Walks on free self-guided tours of the area. The Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk includes Jimmie Durham's Still Life With Stone and Car and Brett Whiteley's Black Totem II.

Walsh Bay will also host the annual cutting-edge arts event, Biennale of Sydney, which runs from June to September and Sydney Writers' Week in May.

  1. Bangarra Dance Theatre

    Bangarra Dance Theatre

    Bangarra is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation, and one of Australia's leading performing arts companies. They are widely acclaimed, nationally and around the world, for their powerful dancing,...

  2. Pier 2/3

    Pier 2/3

    Historic Pier 2/3 is the last remaining undeveloped wharf within the Walsh Bay precinct. Arts NSW secured a long-term lease for Pier 2/3 from NSW Maritime. This will allow the Pier to be used for...

  3. Sydney Dance Company

    Sydney Dance Company

    The contrast between the heritage wharf buildings and the modern choreography of the Sydney Dance Company is extraordinary and surprisingly compatible. The Company is known as one of Australia's most prolific and...

  4. Sydney Dance Company Classes

    Sydney Dance Company Classes

    Sydney Dance Company Dance Studios run over 60 dance classes for adults every week. Dance styles on offer include Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary and Stretch. All levels are catered for - from Absolute...

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